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Formula for Takeout and Quick Service Success: SHAQ

Formula for Takeout and Quick Service Success: SHAQ

If yours is a quick-service or takeout restaurant churning guests through a cookie-cutter experience, you can’t expect to survive, let alone thrive.  Forget being 1% better at 100 things — it’s time to step out. Be unique, be great, and be different. How? To out-serve...

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Formula for Takeout and Quick Service Success: SHAQ

If yours is a quick-service or takeout restaurant churning guests through a cookie-cutter experience, you can’t expect to survive, let alone thrive.  Forget being 1% better at 100 things — it’s time to step out. Be unique, be great, and be different. How? To out-serve...

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Host Training: More Than Just Greet and Seat

Host Training: More Than Just Greet and Seat

An effective restaurant training program includes all the cycles of service, from the time a guest pulls into your parking lot to the time they drive away. Good service starts with solid host training. A standard host greeting goes something like this: “Two for...

Watch Your Mouth

Watch Your Mouth

Guests form opinions within seconds — seconds waiting to be acknowledged, to be sat, to place a drink order, to get and pay the check. Eye contact and a warm smile go a long way in helping guests form a positive impression. The most lasting impressions, though, will...

How Are Your Resolutions Going So Far?

How Are Your Resolutions Going So Far?

You’ve probably already started on the New Year’s resolutions you made for your personal life – go the gym, cut the carbs, stick to the family budget, and so on. But have you thought about personal resolutions that can affect your restaurant? These would be actionable...

Fear of Wine? It Happens.

Fear of Wine? It Happens.

Customers who missed out on holiday dining last year are ready to celebrate this year -- but is your restaurant ready for them? For servers with the right training, bottles of wine are an easy upsell for guests already ordering wine, and champagne nearly sells itself...

Stop Conflict Before It Starts

Stop Conflict Before It Starts

In the hustle and bustle of the restaurant business, conflict is part of the game. Conflict can happen within your team, with one of your employees, with a guest, or with a vendor. Conflict in the workplace isn’t always a bad thing. Productive conflict can lead to...

What Are Your Leadership Goals?

What Are Your Leadership Goals?

Who you are as a restaurant manager changes from day to day. (And if it doesn’t, you may not be doing it right.) Effective leaders are flexible, changing styles and strategies to meet the needs of their teams. Effective leaders know that in order for their teams to...

10 Ways to Increase Check Averages

10 Ways to Increase Check Averages

Increasing check averages means more profits for your restaurant and bigger tips for your staff. It really is that simple. Here are a few strategies to get you started. Offer meal deals. Today's consumers are looking for value and convenience. Many full-service...

How to Outrun the Competition

How to Outrun the Competition

You’ve heard the story: Two hikers encounter an angry bear in the forest. One of them opens their backpack, pulls out their running shoes, and begins putting them on as fast as they can. The other watches and says incredulously, “You don’t think you’re going to outrun...

Mentor Material? (Maybe Not)

Mentor Material? (Maybe Not)

Susan is your best employee. She’s friendly, she’s fast, she’s knowledgeable. She wins almost every sales contest and loyal guests ask for her by name. You want to clone her (and maybe you should), but don’t make her a mentor. Why not? The best mentor is not always...

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